Palace House Blog

5th February 2019
Torvill and Dean's Glory Days

Torvill and Dean's Glory Days

If you visit Palace House this winter you will see our new skating exhibition which explores how artists and photographers have depicted the nation’s love of speed and figure ice skating across the centuries. Two of Britain’s most famous skaters, Torvill and Dean feature in one of the many photographs on the second floor of Palace House until 28th April. Inspired …

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23rd January 2019
A Cheltenham hero of 1981 - Little Owl

A Cheltenham hero of 1981 - Little Owl

Our blog this week focuses on racing at Prestbury Park and the Cheltenham Festival Trials day. Grenville Davies looks back at the career of a Cheltenham hero of 1981 - Little Owl. The Peter Easterby trained gelding won January’s Cotswold Chase, then known as the Tote Double Chase, and the top prize, the Cheltenham Gold Cup. There’s an age-old saying that your Gr…

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13th January 2019
Hold Your Horses Racing

Hold Your Horses Racing

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a racehorse owner? Five volunteers at the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art are currently living that dream. In this week’s blog one of those volunteer owners Rob Mckeown gives us an insight into ‘Hold Your Horses Racing’ a new syndicate for 2018. We started our syndicate in the autumn …

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4th January 2019
A Spectacular Year for Newmarket

A Spectacular Year for Newmarket

2018 has been a spectacular year for Newmarket. We have seen a first Derby win for Godolphin with Masar, Breeders Cup successes and the glories of John Gosden’s team; Roaring Lion, Stradivarius, Too Darn Hot, Cracksman and jewel in the crown, Enable.  The latter with the mercurial Frankie Dettori in the saddle won her 2nd Arc, after an injury hit season when the …

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16th December 2018
The Dickinsons and the King George VI Chase

The Dickinsons and the King George VI Chase

The Dickinsons and the King George VI Chase were a favourite festive double of the late 1970’s and early 1980’s.   Between 1978 and 1985 the Dickinson family, Tony, Monica and Michael won the King George VI Chase at Kempton Park on six occasions and the 1981 race was abandoned because of frost and snow. The Northern family based at Harewood stables in Yor…

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12th December 2018
Birds Nest - The Forgotten One

Birds Nest - The Forgotten One

In the build up to Christmas the International meeting at Cheltenham is one of the major highlights.  Our latest blog by guest blogger Grenville Davies reviews the career of Birds Nest – The Forgotten One, who won the International Hurdle, formerly known as the Bula Hurdle on three occasions. If the 1960s saw the zenith of steeplechasers, the 1970s had many a hu…

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7th December 2018
Visit Palace House in Newmarket this Christmas

Visit Palace House in Newmarket this Christmas

Bisoubisou trained by Sarah Humphrey and ridden by Sean Bowen won Tuesday's Visit Palace House in Newmarket this Christmas Handicap Hurdle over 2 miles 4 furlongs at Fakenham. At a foggy Fakenham Irish horse Yeats Baby was sent off the 8/11 favourite in a nine runner field and after winning at the North Norfolk course on 20 November was widely expected to win again.…

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28th November 2018
Strands Of Gold

Strands Of Gold

Thirty years ago the Somerset based trainer Martin Pipe hit the headlines when his horse Strands Of Gold won the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup (now the Ladbrokes Trophy) at Newbury.  The nine year old’s  victory in the prestigious steeplechase handicap helped Martin Pipe secure his first National Hunt trainers title in the 1988-89 season, a feat he repeated a further f…

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14th November 2018
Half Free, a Cheltenham Specialist

Half Free, a Cheltenham Specialist

This week’s blog features the first major chasing handicap of the National Hunt season, the BetVictor Gold Cup, originally called the Mackeson Gold Cup. Through a series of questions with former jockey Richard Linley we look back at the career of dual winner of the race, Half Free, a Cheltenham specialist, who Richard rode to successive victories in 1984 and 1985.…

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29th October 2018
The Race that Stops a Nation

The Race that Stops a Nation

In the thoroughbred racing world the first Tuesday of November is Lexus Melbourne Cup Day, 'the race that stops a nation'. However, as part of the big race build up the Lexus Melbourne Cup has been on its travels, (its 16th annual tour), since the 10 July to thirty seven destinations and five countries. You may remember as part of its globetrotting tour the 18-carat…

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